Monday, September 16, 2019

Let's Get Messy - Take 2


You might remember that last month Barb, Kelly, Terry and I began a new challenging series all about getting messy. We wanted to stretch ourselves a bit in our crafting and trust me, this stretches me since I'm not one who normally gets very messy. Sheesh! I don't even let my stamping desk get messy. Yep, I'm one of those people - you know, the ones who clean up between each card/project. 

But I'm trying to change. Really, I am, though it isn't apparent by this very poor attempt at getting messy making a card. I'm sorry. I'll try to do better next month.


The "mess" on this card was made by using a stencil (Fun Stampers Journey Vintage Screen) and some embossing paste (Dreamweaver) that I added using a palette knife. 

I wish you could feel my card - it has a great texture, thanks to the embossing paste. Now as far as looks - blah! However, the card makes me smile because it reminds me of my daughter who lives in Alaska. She loves her dogs.



Now be sure to head over to the other Hot Messes blogs to see their messiness, too...




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Stamp: Penny Black Igloo stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Messy Element: FSJ Vintage Screen Stencil and Dreamweaver Embossing Paste

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Cherry Cobbler CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Craft Essentials Ribbon and Paper Studio Brads

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 71


I'm here again with today's entry in my Less Hustle, More Jesus devotional journal. 



Day 71


My Favorite Things - Kangaroo Crew



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Love Is the Key to Happiness


Please Note: This is my second blog post of the day. My Dueling Darling card is in the post right after this one.

SumMore Fun has a September special. Shoppers who purchase a minimum of $50 of products from the store will receive the Butterfly stamp set for free. How fun!

Be sure to check out the details - HERE.

It's a versatile set with some great sayings, quotes, and images. I used the Oliver Wendell Homes quote and the butterfly image to make today's card.




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Stamp Set: Victorine Originals Butterfly stamped with Catherine Pooler Midnight, Colorbox Lavendar, and Ranger Shabby Shutters Inks

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Certainly Celery CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Rhinestones from unknown vendors

Baby Safety Month


It's the 15th! That means we all survived Friday the 13th! It also means it's the middle of the month; does that make it hump month? IDK.

But more exciting than any of those things, it means it's time for a duel - Dueling Darling style. 

The hostess of this friendly duel this month are Judy for the Divas and Donna for the Dazzlers. I'm a Dazzler so I received a kit from Donna.

This is what she had to say...

Judy and I have chosen to celebrate Baby Safety Month; so this month's kit is all about babies. (She sent stuff for boys, girls, or unisex. I chose to make my card non-gender specific.)

This is what was in Donna's kit...

Image is fromGina K Designs. It's from a retired stamp set called Wee Tees. All stamping is on Neenah Solar White with Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink.

Sentiments are from several different companies: "For a Little Cutie" is from Paper Makeup Stamps (no longer in business). "Congratulations" is from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamp set. 

Designer Paper: all from the Paper Studio: Blue Tiny Toes Baby Feet, Pink Tiny Toes Baby Feet, Bright Watercolor Plaid, and Balloon Animals.

Embellishments: the Paper Studio la petites Baby Girl Glitter Foam and Baby Boy Glitter Foam (bottles and pacifiers), Doodle Twine pink and white, Recollections Multicolored dhesive rhinestones, and these items from her stash - 2 blue and 2 yellow brads, yellow and blue ribbons, and wooden clothes pin.

Thanks Donna!




Here's the inside of my card:



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The only thing of my own that I used to make this card was some cardstock - Recollections Black for layering, Recollections White for the inside, and Stampin' UP! So Saffron for the card base.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 70


I'm here again with today's entry in my Less Hustle, More Jesus devotional journal. 



Day 70


La La Land - Coffee Break Marci



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Coffee and Then the World


Have you ever wondered how Santa Claus has the energy to travel the world in a single night? 

Coffee!



Eyelet Outlet Products:





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Eyelet Outlet ProductsHoliday Coffee Cup BradsHo Ho Ho Washi Tape, and White Glitter Enamel Dots

Stamps: Red Lead Paperworks Dash Away All and Technique Tuesday Sassy Coffee stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Cucumber Crush and Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Friday, September 13, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 69


I'm here again with today's entry in my Less Hustle, More Jesus devotional journal. 



Day 69


Flourishes - Apple of My Eye
Inky Antics - Holy Spirit's Fruit



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Card Kit Cuties 2019 - Linda


I am in a card kit swap group (led by Barb). Each month one of the members receives card kits from each of the other members, for a total of 11 card kits. Then we have a couple of months in which to make cards with the kits we receive. This is not my first year, so if you're a regular visitor on my blog you're most likely familiar with this group. 

I received kits in June so now it's time to create. I normally make one card per kit, but this year I'm hoping I can make two with each kit. My limitations are my own time, not the kits themselves because these ladies put together some fabulous kits.

Today's cards were made with Linda's kit. She included so many lovely unique elements in her kit. It was a lot of fun to use. 

Thank you Linda! I hope you (and the other ladies) like my cards.




Card #1




Card #2




Here's the inside:



I've had such fun with this year's kits. I have only one more to use, so stay tuned. It will be on my blog later this month.

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The only thing of my own that I used in making these cards was some cardstock (Recollections Black and White and SU Blush Blossom).

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 68


I'm here again with today's entry in my Less Hustle, More Jesus devotional journal. 



Day 68


Kraftin' Kimmie - Happy Fall Y'All
Sweet 'N Sassy - In Stitches Alpha



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The Pumpkin of My Eye


Sometimes cards just NEED a fun element - like the whacky eyes on this one. They are actually a brad that I've owned forever (I have no idea who the manufacturer is) and it just screamed "Use me!" so I did. The stamp set is one of the newer ones at The Project Bin but quickly becoming one of my favorites. It's called Pumpkin Spice.







Be sure to check out all the great stamps at The Project Bin and the September Special, too - if you purchase $65 or more from the store, you'll receive the Keepsake stamp set free. 




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Stamp Set: The Project Bin Pumpkin Spice stamped with Memento Bamboo Leaves and Tuxedo Black and SU Pumpkin Pie Inks

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Pumpkin Pie CS and Paper Studio Lime Green Gingham and Pumpkin Collage DP

Embellishments: Brad and Ribbon from unknown vendors

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 67


I'm here again with today's entry in my Less Hustle, More Jesus devotional journal. 



Day 67


Picket Fence - Fran Girl
Sweet 'N Sassy - Be Still



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Card Kit Cuties 2019 - Carol


I am in a card kit swap group (led by Barb). Each month one of the members receives card kits from each of the other members, for a total of 11 card kits. Then we have a couple of months in which to make cards with the kits we receive. This is not my first year, so if you're a regular visitor on my blog you're most likely familiar with this group. 

I received kits in June so now it's time to create. I normally make one card per kit, but this year I'm hoping I can make two with each kit. My limitations are my own time, not the kits themselves because these ladies put together some fabulous kits.

Today's cards were made with Carol's kit. She included so many lovely floral images, papers, ribbons and other embellishments. 

Thank you Carol! I hope you (and the other ladies) like my cards.



Card #1


I loved this diecut piece, but truly wasn't sure how to use it. My card is way too simple, so obviously I need more practice.


Card #2


I went with a minimal layout/design because I really wanted to see a lot of that gorgeous designer paper on this card.



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The only thing of my own that I used in making these cards was some cardstock (Recollections Black for layering and SU Rose Red for the card bases).

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 66


I'm here again with today's entry in my Less Hustle, More Jesus devotional journal. 



Day 66



Art Impressions - Latte Love
Great Impressions - Beatles Quote



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Travel the World - Week 36


This is the 36th week in my Travel the World personal challenge. Each week I am randomly choosing one country (there are 195 countries in the world) and doing a little research on that country. I then select one tidbit of information about the country as inspiration for the card I make.


This week's country is...



Tunisia


Tunisia is the smallest country in Northwestern Africa. It is bordered by Algeria to the west and southwest, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east.

Geographically, Tunisia contains the eastern end of the Atlas Mountains and the northern reaches of the Sahara desert. Much of the rest of the country’s land is fertile soil.

Some of the Mediterranean’s most spectacular beaches are to be found in Tunisia; to the north is a coastline of crystal-clear waters, lush vegetation and wild cliffs, while the southern coastline is fascinating due to the desert landscape surrounding it.

Travelers are typically surprised to see a heavy influence of Roman archeology in Tunisia

The family is the most significant unit of Tunisian life and plays an important role in all social relations.

Tunisians take their time during greetings to converse about their families, friends, and other general topics.

In any greeting between men and women, the woman must extend her hand first. If she does not, a man should simply bow his head in acknowledgment.

When invited to a Tunisian's home it is customary to bring pastries, nuts, fruit, cake, candy, or flowers to the hostess, but never alcohol unless you know that the hostess drinks. Interestingly, hostess gifts are not opened when received.

Food is traditionally served at a knee-high round table, with the guest of honor sitting beside the host.

A washing basin will be brought to the table before the meal is served. Those dining will hold their hands over the basin while water is poured over them; then they will be dried with the towel provided. The washing basin will be brought back to the table at the conclusion of the meal so diners can wash their hands again.

Males and females may often eat separately: men first and then women. No one eats until the host has either blessed the food or begun to eat.

Food is served from a communal bowl. Food is eaten from the section of the bowl that is in front of the person. No one reaches across the bowl to get something from the other side. Choice morsels will be put in front of honored guests.

Food is often eaten by hand but individuals must always eat with their right hands.

With its white domed houses and blue-painted doors, the clifftop town of Sidi Bou Said is Grecian in its beauty. Visitors come to admire panoramic Mediterranean views and to explore a plethora of art galleries, boutiques and open-air caf├ęs. 

The most venomous spider in the world can be found inTunisia.

Domestic violence is a crime in Tunisia.

The Jebel ech Chambi mountain rises at an elevation of 5,066 feet above the sea level, the highest point and the highest mountain in the country. 

Tunisia does not allow photographs to be taken of embassies, military or government buildings, as well as other sensitive places.

Tunisia drivers take the view that road rules, traffic signs and traffic signals are an interesting thing which bears very little relation to actually driving. Drivers completely ignore all regulations, even when police are clearly visible. They don‘t seem to care about which side of the road they drive on half the time.

Pedestrians have the right of way in Tunisia.

I decided to let this Tunisia fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Ichkeul National Park is renowned for its hiking and birdwatching opportunities. In season, more than 300,000 ducks, geese and coots can be spotted on the lake during a single day, and great flocks of storks and flamingo are common. 




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Stamp Set: Your Next Stamp Quackers stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Pumpkin Pie CS and DP Scraps (SU and Authentique Basics)

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor